Before you start reading this, I want you to grab your rosemary essential oil (or a squished fresh rosemary leaf or even some cracked dried rosemary) and take a deep whiff. Why? Because it will help you retain all this information.
Researchers have learned that memory recall at least doubles when a past event is associated with a smell. That’s why a whiff of a fragrance can send you back in time and carry with it images and feelings associated with that event. Next time you need help accessing some elusive fact, aromatherapy can trigger your memory. Rosemary, for instance, has a long history of increasing memory, concentration, and even creativity. And modern Japanese research confirms rosemary is a brain stimulant. Other mental stimulants are sage, basil, and bay laurel.
Inhale one of the recommended essential oils while you are studying for a test or attending a class. Then, when you need to recall the information, simply smell the same scent.
- 10 drops rosemary oil
- 6 drops lemon oil
- 1 drop clary sage oil
- 2 ounces distilled water
Combine ingredients, and use as a spray. Without water, this formula can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser or dabbed on a tissue to smell while you are studying. The lemon oil provides both alertness and a pleasing scent.